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Images of Scotland jump from the pages



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December 03, 2008
"Had she dreamed...and awakened to draw a sketch... this was precisely the picture her book would have contained: a score of humble cottages close to the shore; low whitecaps breaking on the pebbly coastline; seasonedfishing boats bobbing in the harbor...the bluest sky and water, the greenest trees and glens, limned in buttery sunlight and fringed with pink wildflowers.''

Deep in the heart of the book Grace in Thine Eyes I found a wonderful paragraph from which to excerpt those descriptive words. Since the theme for a recent weekend retreat with Liz Curtis Higgs had everything to do with grace, my eyes im-mediately fell on a DVD on that theme; and on this book, published by Water Brook, a division of Random House. When I paid, I was told it was fourth in a series, one which could stand alone but which, of course, would be a richer read if preceded by the other three. Instantly, a friend decided to buy the other three so we could share. After standing in line to get them autographed, she sent them all home with me to read first.

I am so glad she did, because reading all of them has made the journey very significant. At first I was a bit disconcerted by having a theme, loosely patterned after an era far more ancient even than the time (culmin-ating in the early 1800s in this volume), running through the story, making me forget now and then into which century I was being so skillfully drawn. But drawn I was, so much so that the dialect soon seemed to suit me.

From here on in, Scotland will jump off the map for me; and when someone asks me a question to which I don't have an immediate answer, a silent little response will go off in my head: "I dinna ken.''

One thing I do ken, though, is that, once again, Lizzy has used her little soapbox to expound grace—so abundant, and free.

Castle Creek
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